Even Roy Halladay encountered it before rejoining the Philadelphia Phillies. What team did he face in Clearwater on Thursday?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 8-5 Triumph
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What It Would Take:
The answer is that only a miracle will save the red pinstripes, like 2007. At this point most will feel these examples are only signposts on the way to a witches‘-brew summer. The first clue appeared on July 4th with the 1st win for Cliff Lee, which was their only victory over the previous 12 decisions. He, naturally, lost when every other member of the rotation recorded wins. Independence Day was the freeing occasion and not July 3, while we waited for someone else to chalk up a W.
The other ace had his rehab in Florida against the Miracle, the Fort Myers Miracle. The same word was used to describe what the Phils require. Then, there are the potential bookends of 2007 and 2012. We, coincidentally, faced the Rox in the ‘07 NLDS, and that’s the organization a supernatural event has to be initiated against. Colorado was swept by Boston that year, which had Jonathan Papelbon as their hammer. The locals have never secured a wildcard, and they haven’t slipped in to capture a pennant or a World Series either. They’ve done the unexpected but not the impossible.
The must-see development before the play-ball call today was the next matchup after the 13th. Lee was triumphant on his 14th attempt and this was the 1st shot after Friday the 13th. And now that he has absorbed another L on his ledger, perhaps, the baseball gods have been accommodated. That said, the squad–like Lee–had to produce a victory before accelerating up the standings. The opposing hurler, also, had 13 starts before this effort. The 2nd battle for the 2nd half was a win, which keeps 2012 on life support. Will Doc arrive in the nick of time?
He has had difficult outings to begin 2011, 2012 and the 2nd half of ‘11. However, he threw a clean inning at the All-Star Game, which could have kept him sharp. His line against The Rox at the Bank in mid-June was: 8 complete, 6 hits, 2 both-earned runs, 3 free passes and 7 punch outs on 113 bullets.
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He has allowed only 1 unearned run in 2 July appearances since returning to the parent club. In both performances he went at least 6 full. For 2012, he has lasted 6.1 frames or more in 2 of 7 opportunities with 2 clunkers.
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Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
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